My son graduated from Woodlands last year. He had awesome teachers. We can from a top 10 school district in Pennsylvania and I feel Woodlands exceeded my expectations.
My daughter was also parted of the gifted team. The discipline is awesome,, and harsh, but now that she is in New York she sees that it was worth it she wishes some of her pupil there was as disiplined as she. She loves her teachers.
I've had great experiences at Woodlands Middle School with both of my daughters. My oldest daughter, who is now a high school sophomore, was in the gifted team at woodlands for three years & every teacher was excellent. One teacher even came to our home on several occassions because I was willing to host a session for the kids to get together & practice for their Linquistics club - it says a lot to me for teachers to be willing to spend their own time (a Sunday!) to help kids learn & achieve. My younger daughter is now in 7th grade (not gifted) & I have met & been graciously assisted by all her teachers any time I have had any concerns. The key is that as parents, we need to be involved in our kids' school life. As far as the principal, I have received personal phone calls from her whenever I have called & requested a return call due to a concern. This has happened three times now. I believe I can depend on her leadership. My experience has been that the more envolved I choose to be in the school (& I work full time), the more information I have & better relationship I achieve with the teachers & school environment. I am a member or the PTSO & SAC. What I see at this school, as well as at the high school, is that a very small number of parents are willing to become involved to make a difference; but a great many are ready to complain about everything.
First, I was surprised to read the previous comments from the other parents. All schools have bullies, kids will be picked on that s part of life. We have to teach our kids how to learn to deal with such issues. And that some pupils don t want to learn? Come on, what school has perfect students? Of course there will be kids that don t want to learn or go to school. My child has been going to this school and I love it. I think the uniforms are a great idea because school should not be about a fashion show. The teachers are young so they don t have the amount of experience as other schools but they are responsible, organized and full of energy. I received letters when my child missed an assignment, turned in an incomplete assignment, or received a low grade. I have been to the school and it s clean and didn t see kids showing disrespect for others. I only have one request for the principal, can they have a longer lunch?
I think that Woodlands Middle School is a very disciplined school. Except that a lot of kids get bullied. My daughter is in her second year and is in 7th grade. She has seen a lot of harrasing going on, but not on her. The principal has no control over the school at all. However, the teachers do a very good job of teaching. Some of the pupils don't want to learn.
With a two year history at Woodlands, it has proven to be a very negative experience. Having children that are respectful and non-violent, they have been bullied, harrassed, and attacked by both other students and even some teachers. The principal has proven to have no control over her school or the teachers and lacks the ability to follow through. The school now has a history of 2 OCR complaints in just the last couple of years.
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